Pogorelov said that he and the deputies want to see ordinary people at the session only when there is a "necessity"
Representatives of Uzhgorod City Council explained why residents of the city should not be in the meeting hall. Unfortunately, in the regional center it has become common practice when during the plenary session of the deputies the door of the meeting hall are guarded by workers who only let in the hall deputies and council employees. Sometimes these workers conflict with journalists.
So, as a rule, interested people can get into the hall only after the intervention of the deputies.
In response to the request for information from journalists Uzhgorod Mayor Victor Pogorelov explained why not all Uzhgorod can freely stay at the meeting of the city council.
The Mayor refers to Article 38 of Regulation of Uzhgorod City Council, which states:
"Deputies of Ukraine, deputies of the regional council, the city procecutors, heads of the city law enforcement authorities, and members of the press, television and radio may be present at meetings of the Council. If necessary, heads of departments of Executive Committee, representatives of the authorities, political parties, public associations, labor collectives, members of the local community as well as other people, depending on the issue discussed, may be invited at the meeting."
That means that "members of the local community," ie Uzhgorod residents, can come to meeting only if there is a necessity. However, the Regulation does not specify how this "necessity" is determined.
Meanwhile, Article 46, Part 16 of the Law "On Local Self-Government in Ukraine" clearly states: "Council sessions are held publicly. If necessary, the Council may decide to hold a closed plenary session." This means that any citizen of Ukraine has the right to be present in the session hall unless the plenary session is closed.
However, it seems, neither most members of Uzhgorod city council, nor Victor Pogorelov himself care about the compliance with the law and ensuring openness of the sessions.
28 March 2013 14:51
Да, региональное большинство прячется от народа